Kennebunk police warn of scammers claiming to be from local power company

Posted Sept. 19, 2013, at 1:33 p.m.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Kennebunk police are warning Kennebunk Light and Power Co. customers to be wary of scammers who allegedly call and say they will disconnect residents’ electricity if they do not turn over financial information.

According to a news release issued Thursday by Kennebunk police Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee, at least two area residents called to complain about the alleged phone calls received Saturday.

“[The calls were placed by] an individual, alleging to be a KLP employee, who told them their electric bill was past due,” Bean Burpee wrote. “The alleged KLP employee further advised that if an immediate payment was not made within the hour power would be disconnected. Citizens [were] then given an 800 number to call in order to make payment. In one incident, which involved a local business, an employee who answered the phone was told the business owed over $1,000, and had an approximate two-hour time frame in order to pay their outstanding bill in full.”

No money was paid in either incident, according to police, and investigators determined that the 800 number was registered in Utah.

“Calls by police to the number went unanswered and directly to voicemail,” Bean Burpee continued. “KLP has been contacted and is familiar with this scam as it had first been reported to them, and subsequently to police, approximately six months ago. KLP representatives assured police that this is not their method of operation relative to collecting money on possible overdue bills. Individuals receiving similar phone calls are urged to not make payments as requested and to immediately make contact with their respective power supplier in order to make them aware and to check on the status of their personal account.”

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